Petermann Ranges (Australia)

The Petermann Ranges are a mountain range in central Australia. They run 320 km (200 mi) across the border between Western Australia and the southwest corner of the Northern Territory.

Their highest point is 1,158 metres (3,799 ft) above sea level.[1] The range was formed about 550 million years ago during the Petermann Orogeny.[2] The existing geological research has broadly determined that the Petermann Ranges were equivalent in height to the Himalayas.

The Petermanns were named for the geographer August Heinrich Petermann by Ernest Giles, the first European explorer to visit the area,[3] and are commonly associated with the Rawlinson Ranges, nearby to the west. The area was included in the Katiti-Petermann Indigenous Protected Area in 2012.[1]

There are only one or two geology oriented documentaries that trace Uluru and Kata Tjuta's origins with the Australian Petermann Ranges. The Time Traveller's Guide To Australia in 2012 produced by the ABC and essential media[4] is possibly the first documentary to make the connection with reasonable clarity.

See also


  1. "Petermann Ranges and surrounds" (PDF). Sites of Conservation Significance. Northern Territory Government, Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  2. "Geology". Australian Government, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. "Lifting the Veil from the Unknown". The Mail (Adelaide). 15 (747). South Australia. 18 September 1926. p. 1. Retrieved 23 August 2016 via National Library of Australia.

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